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Football: GLENS GET IN THE HALLIDAY SPIRIT.

Byline: ORLA BANNON

MICHAEL Halliday is hoping Glentoran can keep that winning feeling and claw their way back into league contention once again.

The east Belfast men have won four league games on the bounce since getting 12 points docked in the Andrew Kilmartin affair and although they won't thank anyone for pointing it out, would be top only for the administrative blunder.

However Roy Coyle's side aren't beating themselves up about it - instead the fiasco has united the dressing-room even more and Halliday believes their team spirit can conquer all.

"We really have to win all our games between now and the end of the season to have any chance," he said.

"The last few games have been tough with Coleraine, then Linfield and Omagh and now Institute next week.

"We have to go up there and win - there's no point winning at Omagh and then going up there and not getting the three points.

"We've got to keep winning and hopefully we will be there or thereabouts but we know if we play to our best we will beat anyone."

With the terrible twins Halliday and Andy Smith terrorising Irish League defences this season, anything is possible.

The pair both scored at St Julian's Road on Saturday - incredibly the fourth game in a row that both found the back of the net.

Counting the goals scored during the Kilmartin saga, Halliday is on nine and Smith on eight - and we're only a quarter of the way through the season.

"It was disappointing to get some of our goals wiped out like that but if we keep scoring, we will keep winning," Halliday predicted.

Both Glentoran strikers could have had hat-tricks at Omagh but Halliday, a Glentoran fan all his life, was happy with the win even if he was a little bemused by Roy McCreadie's antics.

"I know Mr McCreadie likes to have his say and I think the Glenmen take exception to it, but he's entitled to his say.

"In fairness I think he knows what he's doing - he tries to unsettle teams who go down to Omagh but I think we rightly won on the day to keep our run going."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2002
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